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Paleo Crock Pot Chili

simple paleo recipe for paleo chili

Hearty and soul-warming paleo chili, loaded with extra veggies and familiar flavors. And here’s the best part…your slow-cooker does most of the work for you on autopilot!

whole30 compliant recipe mark[Updated Post – August 2015] Since I first posted this simple little paleo slow-cooker recipe nearly 2 years ago, I’ve been truly humbled by the many wonderful comments and emails I’ve received from paleo peeps.

You all are the best, and I just wanted to shout out a big “thank you!” to everyone. Your kind words make my crazy obsession with whipping up the best paleo recipes I possibly can for you here in my hot little Arizona kitchen all worthwhile. And, so much fun!

Now, back to the chili…

I created this recipe when I was still pretty much a paleo newb myself.

I was craving a steaming bowl of hearty beef chili at the time…but now that beans and cheese were off the menu, I had to get really creative for the paleo version.

That’s why all the veggies in this recipe. They really do help make up for the traditional stuff that got the big paleo heave-ho. Nothing better than healthy, slow-cooked veggies to make it hearty and satisfying.

No beans in this ground beef paleo chili, but lots of veggies! Slow cook in crockpot for about 6 hours. Top with crumbled bacon and diced avocado. Serve hot!

Now before you start to think this recipe must be a vegetarian’s dream, let me set the record straight: there’s some serious meat in this chili! A good 2 pounds is going in the pot (ground beef or turkey – your choice) nicely browned with sautéed garlic and onions.

And what really earns this paleo dish the right to be called a chili is this: the special combination of herbs and spices. There are a lot. But all are very common ingredients you probably have in your spice rack right now.

Now, let’s talk about your taste buds for second. In particular, your palate’s sensitivity to spicy ingredients…as in jalapeños and cayenne.

easy paleo chili recipe

Here’s why I bring this up…I’ve been told this chili needs: 1) more heat,  2) less heat, or, 3) it’s just about right. Take your pick…opinions differ because taste buds do too,

Not a problem. Here’s how to easily adjust this paleo chili to suit your own personal taste… 

If you know you don’t like moderately spicy food, I suggest you omit the cayenne and jalapeño, and consider backing off on the chili powder a little too – go with 2 tablespoons instead of 3.

On the other hand, if you were born with an asbestos tongue, then by all means crank up the heat – add yet another spicy pepper of your choice and/or sprinkle in extra cayenne.

Follow these basic guidelines and you’ll get your first batch pretty close to perfect. Then the next time you make it, you’ll nail it for sure.

Alright, enough chit-chat. You’re ready to make some awesome chili!

Here’s the easy paleo recipe…get to it! 🙂

Paleo Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Paleo Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. of ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red and 1 green bell pepper, both diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, finely diced
  • 1 cup of celery, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • (1) 28-ounce can of crushed or stewed tomatoes
  • (1) 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • (1) 15-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • Spices
  • 3 Tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. of oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. of basil
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of cayenne
  • Garnish (optional but highly recommended!)
  • About 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 or 2 avocados, diced

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions and garlic together in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add in ground beef (or turkey) to the saucepan and cook just until browned. Drain excess fat
  3. Transfer the cooked onions, garlic and meat to your crockpot/slow-cooker
  4. Add all the above vegetables and spices (except garnish ingredients) to the crockpot
  5. Give the pot a good stir
  6. Set crockpot to LOW, cover, and slow cook for about 6 hours
  7. Spoon into individual bowls. Garnish with crumbled bacon and avocado slices
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

Adjust jalepeño, cayenne and chili powder to suit your own personal taste. As written, the recipe is moderately spicy in my opinion. You might want to glance through this post's comment section for more helpful advice from other paleo cooks. 🙂

http://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-crockpot-chili-recipe/


240 replies
  1. Beth
    Beth says:

    I have made this probably 30 times. It is my favorite thing!! I have also shared it with at least 10 friends. I add mushrooms and zucchini. LOVE!!

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  2. Christine R.
    Christine R. says:

    I love this recipe, I’ve made it many times and my husband and friends love it. I’m not paleo, but I really like chili and don’t want to put beans in it, so this does the trick! I usually serve it with corn bread and a few other toppings (sour cream, cheese, green onions) so people can customize to their liking. Making a big batch for the Superbowl tomorrow, can’t wait to eat it!

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    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Thank you Christine! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. I try to make delicious meals, that just happen to be paleo. 🙂 So I’m happy to know it has become a favorite in your house! I used it over chili fries the other day and it was so yummy! I hope you find more recipes here to enjoy.

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  3. Kerry
    Kerry says:

    This was absolutely delicious! Only adjustments I made were that I left out the jalapeño (my hubby doesn’t like pieces of them in his food) and cut the cayenne pepper down to 1/8 tsp (I’m a wimp). It turned out so good! I will definitely be making this again!

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  4. John
    John says:

    Complete paleo and cooking newbie question here, but when you say “yields 8-10 servings” roughly how much is a serving when tracking calories? Thanks.

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  5. Misha
    Misha says:

    THANK YOU! This was ridiculously easy and delicious. I used my electronic pressure cooker and in 10 minutes I was in chili heaven. It had the kind of slow heat that you can feel without burning your mouth. My two nephews ate it up and had their veggies without even knowing it. This is going to be a great winter comfort food.

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  6. Donna
    Donna says:

    This is an excellent chili recipe that is hearty and tasty and my whole family loves it. I use half a jalapeno pepper without any seeds and a pinch of cayenne, so it’s not too spicy for my kids. My daughter even requested leftovers for lunch the next day.

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  7. Robin
    Robin says:

    If I want to add sweet potatoes, do I add them raw, or do I cook them first? I am going to try this recipe, and am a newbie when it comes to cooking. Thanks!

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  8. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Oh my goodness, this was by far the best chili I have ever had!!! I didn’t use basil (just because I didn’t have it) and I added cubed sweet potatoes with 2 hours left. The carrot and celery added such a fresh flavor and I loved the colors! And the bacon and guacamole is brilliant! This chili has so much flavor and my husband LOVED it! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Yay Jennifer! I love this recipe too. A solid favorite because it can be used so many ways. And its just yummy. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I hope you find more recipes to enjoy. xo

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  9. Todd (tODDlife)
    Todd (tODDlife) says:

    I really do enjoy this recipe. I consider the meat, tomato products, and spices as a ‘chili base’, then I load it up with veggies. My go to is cauliflower, cabbage, and hot peppers. I know I can count on this turning out great and nice and easy in the crockpot.

    Todd

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  10. Cassandra
    Cassandra says:

    I love this recipe! I sometimes add finely diced mushrooms as well and also so that I don’t miss any “crunch” from the crackers some people put in or the “carbs” of a side of cornbread, I sprinkle on homemade toasted pumpkin seeds!

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  11. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    I almost always cook it for longer than 6 hours on low in my crockpot. I also am out of the house for 8-9 hours per day. It still comes out amazing. 🙂

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  12. Theresa
    Theresa says:

    My absolute favorite chili recipe!!! And my young kids love it. I use a little less cayenne and double cumin, and run the carrots and bell pepper through the food processor, so my kids don’t notice them. The best chili.

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  13. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe, Trina! I substituted sweet potatoes for carrots and also added sliced black olives just for fun. It came out great! Definitely passing this dish along to my family and friends, both paleo and non 🙂

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    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Awesome Mandy…so glad you made your own little tweaks and enjoyed this one. It’s a good recipe to have a little fun with and customize to your liking.Thanks for your sweet comment! 🙂

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      • Nellie
        Nellie says:

        The sweet potato replacing the carrots sound awesome. I will have to try both ways since I like both. Can’t wait to try this!

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  14. Whitney
    Whitney says:

    I made this yesterday. It was so delicious!! But I have to say it was so so spicy lol. I left out chili powder and jalapeño. But I think it is because my chili powder and cayenne pepper is from San antiono Texas. We have hot peppers :/ we couldn’t enjoy it. We love spicy. It was so flavorful :)thank you for the recipe. I will be sure to adjust the spice after I have made it 🙂

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  15. Kylie
    Kylie says:

    I’m a non paleo aussie and i stumbled across this recipe due to the myfitnesspal app. Now this is my go-to chilli recipe! Love the spices.

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    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Hey that’s great Kylie! Glad you like it! This is one of those you don’t have to be paleo to love…it’s just real food that tastes great! 🙂

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  16. 54321johnson
    54321johnson says:

    Do you know how many carbs are in this? I really want to make this but my boyfriend has to know to keep track for his diet

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      • Clara
        Clara says:

        Hello! I made this last week and loooved it! I was hoping to make this for a cabin trip this weekend. Can I prep and freeze this beforehand and then cook it later (maybe freeze Thursday and cook on Saturday night for Sunday morning)? Thank you!

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  17. Heather
    Heather says:

    This was delicious chili! The only changes I made are I left out the jalapeno (didn’t have one) and used half each of a red, green and yellow pepper. I also cooked it covered, on low, on the stove top, for about 5 hours instead of in the crockpot. I’m of the opinion that chili is one of those things that the longer it cooks, the better it is. Oh, and I forgot to cook the bacon, didn’t have avocado, so I used shredded cheddar and sour cream. Delicious!!

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    • Trina
      Trina says:

      Thank you Heather! I agree with you. Chili is better the longer it cooks and its a great reminder that this can be made on the stove top for those that don’t want to use a crock pot. And I encourage everyone to play with the recipe and change it to their liking or what they have on hand. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  18. michelle
    michelle says:

    Made this today and it is delicious! Used 1.3 lbs of turkey and .5 lbs of beef. I ate it over zucchini noodles, but it would be even more amazing over sweet potato. I’m looking forward to the awesome leftovers! I will say that knowing my husband doesn’t like spice, I left out the jalapeno as well as the cayenne. It was delicious!

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  19. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I made this chili last night and it turned out excellent. Thank you very much for the great recipe!

    I was wondering if you have tried using fresh tomatoes instead of the cans, and if you had any direction on how I should go about eliminating the cans next time.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! You can find jarred tomatoes at Whole food or online at Amazon. Also, I encourage you to use fresh if you have the time. You can blanch, peel and dice the tomatoes and you’re good to go. I used can because I want people to be able to use ingredients they have on hand.

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  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hi! My workday is about 8-9 hours but I realllllly want to make this in the crockpot tomorrow. Any suggestions on what I could do differently to be able to cook it longer? Maybe not pre-cooking the veggies?
    Thank you!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi there…well you could let it cook overnight tonight and put it in the fridge before you head off to work in the morning, then reheat when you get home from work. Another option would be to just set your slow-cooker on the lowest setting possible before you leave for work, and it should really still turn out just fine even though your 8-9 hour work day is a few hours longer than it actually takes to cook. Hope one of those options works for you!

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  21. Pam J
    Pam J says:

    Made this last night, it looked so delicious in the crockpot! Followed the recipe to a T….but for us, WAY TOO HOT! Not sure if we are just wimpy up here in the North or if I did something wrong but it just was inedible. So sad, The comments about grandchildren eating it and people doubling the spices have me amazed.

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  22. Liz
    Liz says:

    This was delicious! Instead of ground beef, I put 2lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast in the crockpot before I added the sauces. After 8hours on low, all I had to do was stir, and the chicken shredded perfectly, so yummy!

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  23. Teresa
    Teresa says:

    This is my favorite chili recipe and I make it often. I am thinking of committing to the Whole30 this month. I was wondering if this is Whole30 compliant? Thank you, Teresa

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  24. Beth
    Beth says:

    Some great substitions are using poblano peppers instead of green peppers (my husband is not a fan of green peppers, plus poblano have great flavor) and using stewing beef instead of ground. All around great recipe for those chilly days! Thanks Trina

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  25. Elvira Villegas
    Elvira Villegas says:

    Hi Trina, I’m a bit confused. I am new to Paleo and I want to try this recipe but I’m a bit confused. I thought we couldn’t use any canned ingredients on Paleo? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Elvira, Great question. Here’s my personal opinion. I want you to succeed with paleo. My recipes are made with ingredients you should already have in your pantry. If you have fresh ingredients, all the better. But I don’t want people to think they can’t eat paleo if they don’t have fresh organic ingredients on hand every day. I live in the real world and know that is not always possible. I know there are issues with using canned goods for some people. I’m not one of them. I have lived paleo for 2 yrs now and I use fresh, canned, frozen and jarred ingredients. I reap the benefits and try not to stress out about the rest. I would hate for you to give up paleo because you feel you can’t use canned tomatoes. But that’s just me. Everyone is different and you need to decide what’s best for you. 🙂

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  26. Daniela W. (@Erna2428)
    Daniela W. (@Erna2428) says:

    I have just found my go-to chili recipe 🙂 I wondered how chili without beans would taste, and now I no longer have to wonder. Everything about this chili is amazing…the spices, the balance of meat and veggies….so flavorful! Thank you so much for posting!

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  27. Angie Hernandez (@SHTM26)
    Angie Hernandez (@SHTM26) says:

    Do you think adding ground turkey and pork would make it too greasy? or Would it add more flavor to the recipe? My kids are not huge on veggies so i chopped my veggies extra-extra small so they don’t see it but they like consistency. I hope you know what I mean. 🙂

    The recipe looks fantastic and I bet it taste delicious. I will definitely try it tonight anyway.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Angie, That might work out well. If you give it a try let me know how it turns out. I’m sure others would like to know. I bet the kids will like it. Everyone with little ones gives it a thumbs up! 🙂

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  28. samanthamarie21
    samanthamarie21 says:

    Hey Trina!
    I just wanted to say I have made this chili recipe seven or eight times now and simply love it! My parents came down for a visit and I made it for them (my dad has bad reaction to beans) and they loved it so much they asked for the recipe (a rarity!) I’ve been doing Paleo living for about six months now due to some severe anxiety and panic issues that ended up having a lot more to do with inflammation of my stomach lining than I ever knew and your website is seriously one of my top three go-to websites when I’m meal planning. I trust your site over most others for sauces, entrees, tortillas, etc. What you are doing is absolutely helpful to the healing of my body and delicious for both me and my sweet husband who eats paleo most of the time now. 🙂 Thank you so much for everything you don’t even realize you are doing in one young woman’s life!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Samantha! Can I be honest and tell you your message made me cry? I’m not one to normally admit such things but when I read you message it really meant a lot to me. Mu hubby and I created this blog in hopes of providing some great recipes for people trying to improve their health. People just like you. And your message inspires me to keep it up. 🙂 Thank you! I’m so glad you found us and have been able to share the recipes with your family. Please let me know how its going. 6 months on paleo is awesome! I’m sure you see the benefits and hope it will become your way of living. Cheers! xo

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  29. Chris K
    Chris K says:

    Tastes as great as it smells! I decided to do half a jalapeño and I’m glad because I’m not a huge spicy food eater. But the kick the half gave it was perfect for me. I think I’ll try it with ground turkey next time–thanks for the fantastic recipe!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Chris! You found one of our most popular recipes, and for good reason. Just like you did, many people add or lessen the spice in the recipe. I want everyone to experiment and find what works for them! thanks for giving it a try. I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂

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  30. Brittany
    Brittany says:

    I am so glad I found your website! I have been cutting processed foods, carbs and sugar lately and I often find myself running out of low carb dinner ideas. Thanks for sharing! I will be making this chili for dinner tonight!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      I hope you like it Brittany. Its one of our most popular recipes because you can eat it as its, or turn up the heat if you like. I make this several times a year and eat it as is, top it over sweet potatoes, and I’ve even made a casserole with it. It makes a lot, so feel free to freeze any leftovers if you like. 🙂

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  31. Gina
    Gina says:

    Best chili ever!! I’m on a low-sodium diet, so I eliminated the salt. I also eliminated the bacon & avocado and used 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef & 1/2 lb ground turkey. It’s my new favorite dish, and my husband & daughters love it, too!

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  32. KeaganM
    KeaganM says:

    My crossfit gym is having a Paleo Pot Luck today so I have a pot of this brewing. I didn’t have two pounds of ground beef, but had one and a whole rabbit. Soooo, that is my edit to it. I also didn’t have cumin powder, so left it without and will give it a sample after it cooks a bit. I will have to pop by and tell you the reviews once it is over.

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  33. Karen Curran
    Karen Curran says:

    Loved the chili, the whole family loved it!! I wanted to pin it, but I didn’t find it in the 1,000’s of recipes on your boards. Which board do you have the chili? Thanks for the great meal!!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Karen, Thank you so much! I have it on my Paleo Newbie board, but it was way at the bottom so I pinned it again. I also added it to my best paleo recipes board. 🙂

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  34. Kristine
    Kristine says:

    This is so fantastic and it is the recipe that helped convince my hubby that there is something to this Paleo thing. We had a go-to recipe for chili that while good, he would always “feel it” the next day. So when I decided to make this and told him it was Paleo, so no beans, he made a few under his breath comments. BUT THEN…he devoured it! He thought for sure he would again “feel it” due to the level of spice (I put in extra cayenne because I got distracted), but the next day he felt great, ate leftovers, and never felt intestinally challenged at all!! He has requested this on a couple different occasions, which is also rare! I made it as directed accept orange bell pepper instead of the green one and I didn’t have bacon on hand, so left that out. (And of course the error in spices, which turned out to still be Deeeelicious!! We are looking to get serious and try the 30 day Paleo lifestyle per Robb Wolf and I can’t wait to try lots of your recipes! Thanks!!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Kristine, thank you so much for your comment. I’m so happy your husband likes the recipe! I also used to have issues with chili. Not anymore! I’m sure you have found Robb’s book to be a wealth of great information. There IS something to the Paleo Lifestyle, and it can be life changing for some people. I wish you the best and hope you come back for more recipes! 🙂

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  35. Cheryl Felder
    Cheryl Felder says:

    It’s June and yes I’m making this chili recipe because my daughter is getting back from a week of camp and this is her favorite recipe ever…..

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Yay Cheryl! That makes me so happy! I have said it before and will say it again, kids are my favorite recipe reviewers. Because they don’t lie. If they don’t like it, they’ll tell you! Thanks for letting me know it’s a winner! it’s a fav of mine too 🙂

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  36. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Trina, this chilli looks lovely but can you help me as I’m a bit confused,

    (1) 28-ounce can of crushed or stewed tomatoes
    (1) 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
    (1) 15-ounce can of tomato sauce

    I’m from the UK and here we have
    Cans of Chopped tomatoes (incl tomato juice)
    Cans of whole Plum tomatoes (incl tomato juice)
    Cartons of Passata (finely sieved tomatoes – no bits)
    Tubes & cans of Tomato purée (very concentrated)
    Tomato sauce (Ketchup)

    The diced tomatoes are easy (that’s our chopped tomatoes)
    I’m guessing the can of tomato sauce is our Pasatta (???)
    But I’m stumped by the crushed/sieved tomatoes – could I just add extra diced?

    Thanks x

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Yes, you could use more diced or the whole plum tomatoes in juice. Either would be fine. Thank you for educating me about the differences in the UK. I would love to learn some of recipes you enjoy there. Please share if you have some paleo favorites! 🙂

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  37. Olga
    Olga says:

    This chili is delicious. I’ve made it twice so far: once with ground beef and the second time with ground turkey. I preferred the ground turkey but both are good. Thanks!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Olga, thank you so much for your comment. I like this chili with both, and sometimes I do half and half. I’m just happy you like the recipe enough to make it twice! Yay! 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Thank you Shelby! I’m so glad the both of you like it! You might want to try the meatloaf and shepherds pie. They are pretty awesome as well. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

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  38. TychaBrahe (@TychaBrahe)
    TychaBrahe (@TychaBrahe) says:

    I’ve made it twice. It’s great, and it’s gotten rave reviews. I serve it with shredded cheese, guacamole instead of avocado (just because it’s hard to find avocado when I want chili), green Tabasco sauce, and sometimes pico de gallo.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Tycha Brahe, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe. Im sure your version is awesome and you deserve the rave reviews. 🙂 thank you for your comment.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Terry! I would say this serves 8-10 portions, depending on the bowls and how hungry everyone is. I have heard from lots of people that have served this up for parties and one person even mentioned having a party and serving it over potatoes. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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  39. Marla3206
    Marla3206 says:

    Okay I’m from Texas so my flavor profiles expect more spice and heat. I upped all the spices and added 1/2 of a poblano pepper. Do like all the veggies in the chili; I never really thought of that.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Glad you tried it Marla! The beauty of it is you can add as much spice as you like. I kept it medium for the less spicy peeps. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  40. Katie
    Katie says:

    This recipe is exquisite! MY husband and I LOVED LOVED LOVED every bite! The recipe made quite a lot, too, but we had ZERO difficulty finishing to the last bite. Thank you!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Haha. Katie, it’s quite a lot of chili but you can always freeze some for lunch on the go or for a night when your tired and want a good meal. Thanks for your nice comment. So glad you liked it! 🙂

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  41. Ellie
    Ellie says:

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, made it and it was to DIE for. So yesterday I decided to make it again. I look on Pinterest and the link now goes to something else! THE HORROR! 2 hours of internet investigation I found it again. I almost cried from happiness. This is delicious 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Ellie! Oh, I’m so glad you found us again! You are so sweet! If you follow Paleo Newbie on Pinterest, you will never have to search for us again! I’m so happy you like the chili! 🙂

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  42. michael hayes
    michael hayes says:

    Hi,

    I have been making a similar dish, with more types of meats, since I went primal such as oxtail, pork shoulder, beef cubes and ground bison and any other type of fatty meat and all of the other ingredients you mentioned. And stuff it in Butternut squash, eggplant, peppers all w melted mozzarella. Or put it over roasted cauliflower w garlic n oil, or zucchini pasta or just in a bowl. A yummy taste, and I really like your style…….

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  43. Alban
    Alban says:

    OMG…it came out awesome! I never follow recipes so exactly and I’m glad I did (though I took the advice of some and added extra chili powder) Thanks everyone for your input! I probably wouldn’t have followed the recipe without speaking so highly (and it wouldn’t have turned out as great as it did!)

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  44. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    I’ve given this recipe and your site to several people, they all have made and love this chili too! Today is batch number three!my kids love it ( they are 7,5,5 ) and all help make it…so wonderfully healthy. We top it with wholly guacamole since avocados can be iffy this time of year. Thanks!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Kristen, thanks for your comment! I absolutely love when the children love the recipe and moms like you get them involved. It’s a win for everyone. Good for you! So glad your family enjoys the recipe. 😉

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  45. angela baiamonte
    angela baiamonte says:

    Super good! “tricked” my kids into thinking it was the usual Frito boat….but with lots of secret veggies. Thanks!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Angela! It makes me so happy when you can serve up a healthy meal to your kids and they love it. Thanks for sharing this recipe with your family. 🙂 I’m glad they liked it!

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  46. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    Cooking isn’t really my thing, but I’ve been trying to do the paleo thing. I went out and bought a CrockPot just to try this. Turned out good! Even my picky kid loved it.

    Substituted a lot of garlic powder instead of garlic since I didn’t want to go back to the store. Also added about 2x the chili powder. Great!

    Was just thinking.. Take away the chili powder, add a spaghetti squash, and this would be a great paleo “spaghetti” recipe.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Jeff, I’m glad you braved a crockpot and you enjoyed the meal! Lots of easy paleo meals are made with the trusty pot. And you’re right, it’s easily adapted to spaghetti squash and we have even served this over a baked sweet potato as well! Great comfort food! 🙂 thanks for commenting!

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  47. Bryan
    Bryan says:

    This was fantastic! Especially the next day. This made a TON of chili, and I had to add 2-3 X’s the amount of Chili powder. I also used half beef/ half ground turkey. Don’t be afraid to boost up the spices to get it to your liking. Thanks!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hey Bryan! Thank you so much! I like things on the spicy side myself, but tend to keep recipes a little more neutral for the less spicy peeps. Thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙂

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  48. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Just browned the meat and put everything in the crockpot! Smells delicious and it looks like it will be great. One question….Is cooking it for 6hr a must? I was wondering if you have tried it by cooking it for 5hrs?
    Thanks,
    Debbie

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Debbie, if your meat is browned you probably do it in just a few hours. Just make sure the carrots and veggies are tender. I’m sure it will be great!

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    • Kimberly Bianco
      Kimberly Bianco says:

      I just spooned out a bowl and it rocks!!! I used turkey meat and it is ahhhmazing. I onlycooked it high for 4 hours and it is fine, but I’m sure it will taste even better tomorrow when the flavors marry.

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  49. Rob
    Rob says:

    1st paleo meal in crockpot. 1 1/2 meat. No carrots or celery. 2 jalapeño.
    It was OuTSTANDing. I couldn’t stop eating it. I did not add bacon or Avacodo but
    I think that would only make it better….next time!!

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  50. Cynthia Edmondson-Whetstone
    Cynthia Edmondson-Whetstone says:

    This chili is absolutely, positively, most unequivocally the BEST chili I have EVER made and I have made quite a few in my 62 years. The carrots add just enough sweetness to counteract the acid in the tomatoes. I made a couple of batches while visiting my grandchildren and froze it before I left. They called today and said it was as good as a freshly made pot and all four gallons had been eaten up. I just left them about three weeks ago! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Cynthia, I cannot thank you enough for your kind review of the chili recipe. It warms my heart to know you and your family enjoyed it so much! People like you make all of it worth it! Thank you again!

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  51. Patti
    Patti says:

    I made this a few weeks ago and everyone loved it! I served it over baked potatoes, and then we had tons leftover for throughout the week. I just threw everything into the crock pot and let the beef brown in there to make it even simpler. Wonderful recipe, I’m making it again tomorrow to bring to a party! Thank you!!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Thank you Patti! What a great idea to serve over potatoes! It would be a great paleo lunch idea for the leftovers as well. I’m so glad you enjoy it! Thank you for taking the time to comment! 🙂

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  52. Sam
    Sam says:

    Just made this tonight. Awesome! It’s refreshing to find recipes for good winter comfort food. My biggest fear was that I’d be eating salad and chicken breasts all the time. Thanks for the ideas.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Sam, so glad to hear you like it! It is a great recipe that you can mix it up any way you want. I agree, nothing better than good comfort food in the winter! Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Thank you Katriel! After you make it, let me know what you think! It’s a great recipe by itself, but you can easily spice up/down to your taste. It’s a family favorite! Thanks for your comment!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Amber, I’m sorry I don’t have the nutritional values for any of my recipes at this time. All, I can say about the chili, is it’s packed with veggies and goodness. 🙂

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  53. Katie
    Katie says:

    I plan to make this for a paleo potluck this weekend. How many servings would you estimate? I will probably need 2 batches.

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Hi Katie…paleo potluck…what a great idea! For the chili recipe, my guess is it would fill about 10 good-sized soup bowls. Hope that helps, and have fun at the potluck!

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      • Katiekat
        Katiekat says:

        It is a good idea! After talking to some people at my new church we couldn’t believe how many people were at least somewhat paleo! This should be a good match 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you and your hubby enjoyed it! I hope you find that Paleo meals are full of flavor and are just as good as the foods you have enjoyed before going paleo. Here’s wishing your journey brings great health and just as important, great food!

      Reply
  54. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    I Just recently started eating Paleo, and i LOVE CHILI in the winter time.. I am making this for dinner tomorrow evening! I’m very excited 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Lindsay, I hope you like it! It’s really good. And it you’re up for it, the paleo biscuits go really well with it. We just had it last week and it was yummy! 🙂 let me know what you think!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Wow, what a nice compliment. I’m so glad you liked it! You made a good point, cooking it on the stove over low heat for a few hours is just a good! Thank you for the tip! 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Meredith, thank you so much! I always say, if the kids like it you know it’s a winner! Especially when it’s packed with veggies! Thank you for trying it and you comment. 🙂

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  55. Sonia
    Sonia says:

    Would it be okay to throw everything in raw in the crockpot? I’m new to paleo and crockpots, but so far I hadn’t cooked anything previously prior to throwing everything in, so just curious! Thank you! Looking forward to trying it this week 🙂

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Sonia, I think you could but you would have to make sure to give it an occasional stir to get all of the meat cooked. Also, there may be some added fat since you aren’t browning the meat before hand. Not really a big deal. If you get into the crock pot thing like I have, check out the Ninja crockpot. It’s expensive, but the cool thing is it acts as a stove top and a crock pot in one! If I’m making a roast or even the chili, I brown the meat in the same pot I’m cooking it in, which makes it super easy. Since I have become Paleo, I’ve learned to invest in a few appliances to make my life easier. The ninja is one of my favs. (No, I don’t get paid to tell you that, just my personal experience). I hope you like the chili! 🙂

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      • Sonia
        Sonia says:

        Thanks, Trina! Turned out wonderfully! I added a few habanero peppers (we like our spicy) and substituted 2 lbs ground beef with 1 lb ground and 1 lb chuck roast pieces. This is definitely going to be one of our staples. Thanks for sharing!

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        • Trina B
          Trina B says:

          Sonia! That sounds awesome. I like spicy too. I held back a little to let people adjust as they see fit. It’s a great base recipe. I think I’ll make it you’re way next time! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  56. Judy
    Judy says:

    I, too, am of Italian descent, but feel much better avoiding wheat and grains. I have a couple of Paleo cookbooks, but I will absolutely be following your site. Thanks for the recipes!

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    • Trina B
      Trina B says:

      Thanks Judy! I hope you enjoy them! I’m new to the blogging scene but I’m having a blast meeting and talking with people like you! Thank you for the kind words! 🙂

      Reply

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